Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Education

Provision of Autism Services Leaving Much To Be Desired

My daughter Francesca has autism and graduated from St Paul’s Special School in June of this year. In 2013, I had contacted our local Disability Manager. She told me that the school and the family would have to identify a service that best suited her needs....

Using Technology to Support and Develop Communication Skills: iPods, iPads, Androids, Apps and Skype

For many people, devices such as iPods and iPads have become an extension of their arm. They give us so much at the touch of a screen. They keep us up-to-date on the everyday movements and special events of those who may not be in close proximity....

Failure To Help: An Indictment of Special Needs Education and Training

My experience relates to my daughter Shannon- Shannon has Down Syndrome and her experience highlights the difficulties children with special needs have in getting the opportunity to develop and contribute to society.

WALKing the Walk: One Student’s Journey to Achieving His Potential

Meet Stephen Lyons, a student at the Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT) who has travelled his own unique and difficult path towards achieving his goal of attending college and further developing his passion and skills in the area of Creative Digital Media. Stephen is highly regarded by his fellow students and lecturers alike and is described as being an active, contributing and popular student.

INFLUENCING SERVICE IMPROVEMENT AND CHANGE THROUGH EDUCATION

People with intellectual disability are beginning to find opportunities opening up in post-secondary and third-level education. Some institutions have been offering courses for a number of years, with specifically designed programmes being the most common. More recently more mainstream options are being developed which encourage all students to study together with awards achieved at different levels. A module is a...

A progression opportunity for individuals with intellectual disabilities: A look at the LIFE (Leading Into Further Education) Programme

Introduction Rights-based statutes such as the Disability Act (2005), the Education for Persons with Special Needs Act (2004) and the Qualifications (Education and Training) Act (1999) have influenced educational provision in Ireland. Parallel to legislation, beneficial policy documents, including the EU Memorandum on Lifelong Learning (2000) and the Learning for Life, White Paper on Adult Education (2000), as well as...

MAINSTREAM INCLUSION — Challenges, opportunities and the need for equity

I was sitting in my noisy old Opel at a red traffic light in Castleknock, revving to prevent an embarrassing cut-out in the stylish suburb where I worked as a young teacher. Glancing sideways I spotted Philip, a wheelchair-bound student on the pavement, smiling in his usual cheeky way. He nodded towards the school ahead, while making hand gestures...

Introduction to the Special Education issue of Frontline

Although we are now operating in a time of severe economic difficulty, I want to assure you that both myself and my colleagues in government are committed to prioritising funding for special educational needs (SEN) services. Approximately 15% of the entire budget of the Department of Education and Skills—some €1.3 billion—will be spent in support of children with special...

THE IASSID ACADEMY ON EDUCATION, TEACHING AND RESEARCH: A Venture in International Cooperation

Introduction The International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID) is the largest international scientific association concerned with research into intellectual and allied developmental disabilities. It has been in existence for 50 years and has members from around the world. The IASSID Academy, set up in 2006, in Maastricht, the Netherlands, is nested in its parent organisation. It...

Preparing for work-life as a third-level student

“Those who work belong, those who don’t are excluded” (Hutton 1995) The underlying principles of the work-life programme on the Certificate in Contemporary Living (CCL) embrace a commitment to the belief that everyone, regardless of ability, has the right to full inclusion in society. Given the fundamental role of work in our society, and recognition that being an employee fulfils an...